Continuing Your High-Potential Journey

When GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt commented on the decision to promote John Flannery as the new CEO, he stated very simply, “We didn’t put John in place for what he knows. We put him in place for how fast we think he can learn” (emphasis ours).1 We’d like to leave you with this essential insight: once you stop learning, you stop being a high potential. At the same time, you have to be acutely aware of what you need to learn and how best to learn it.

Your real challenge is not just to become a high potential but also to stay one. The steep curve of the learning challenges you’ll encounter only increases as you climb. We’ve witnessed talented individuals reach the executive level and then lose their status before ...

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